Peru 3-4 Chile: Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez takes the Copa America winners top of World Cup qualifying with two goals

  • Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas scored two goals each 
  • Peru's Christian Cueva sent off after 23 minutes for a kick at Jorge Valdivia
  • Chile's victory means they're top of South American World Cup qualifying 

Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas scored two goals each as Chile beat Peru 4-3 for their second successive victory in the South American 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday.

The victory puts the Copa America winners, who beat Brazil 2-0 last week, level on six points with Uruguay and Ecuador at the top of the 10-nation group standings.

Alexis Sanchez (third left) shared a picture of the Chile celebrations on Instagram after Tuesday's victory

Alexis Sanchez (third left) shared a picture of the Chile celebrations on Instagram after Tuesday's victory

Arsenal striker Sanchez scored twice during Chile's hard-fought 4-3 victory against 10-man Peru

Arsenal striker Sanchez scored twice during Chile's hard-fought 4-3 victory against 10-man Peru

Chile's Sanchez-inspired victory means they are joint top of South American World Cup qualifying

Chile's Sanchez-inspired victory means they are joint top of South American World Cup qualifying

MATCH FACTS

Peru: Gallese, Yotun, Zambrano, Advincula, Ballon, Lobaton, Cueva, Ascues, Guerrero, Farfan, Carrillo.

Goals: Farfan 10, 36. Guerrero, 90.

Booked: Zambrano

Sent-off: Cueva

Chile: Bravo, Jara, Medel, Isla, Mena, Vidal, Diaz, Valdivia, Gonzalez, Sanchez, Vargas.

Goals: Sanchez, 7, 44. Vargas, 41, 49. 

Booked: Isla, Diaz 

Chile took an early lead when a through ball from Mauricio Isla found Sanchez in the box and he slotted past goalkeeper Pedro Gallese. 

Peru equalised in the 10th minute through Jefferson Farfan.

But they were reduced to 10 men in the 23rd minute after Christian Cueva was sent off for a kick at Jorge Valdivia.

Peru still managed to grab the lead when Farfan converted a 36th-minute penalty.

Chile pulled level four minutes before halftime when striker Vargas scored from Valdivia's pass and went ahead with Sanchez's second goal in the 44th.

Vargas scored his second four minutes into the second half after running onto a pass from Sanchez and wrong footing Gallese.

Eduardo Vargas (right), now at Hoffenheim, also scored twice and is pictured celebrating with Arturo Vidal

Eduardo Vargas (right), now at Hoffenheim, also scored twice and is pictured celebrating with Arturo Vidal

Peru were down to 10 men after only 23 minutes when Christian Cueva was sent off for kicking Jorge Valdivia

Peru were down to 10 men after only 23 minutes when Christian Cueva was sent off for kicking Jorge Valdivia

Chile are level with Ecuador and Uruguay on six points in the 2018 World Cup qualifying standings

Chile are level with Ecuador and Uruguay on six points in the 2018 World Cup qualifying standings

The South American qualifying table for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after two qualifying matches

The South American qualifying table for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after two qualifying matches

A double save by Gallese from Arturo Vidal then Valdivia prevented Chile from scoring a fifth after an hour and Paolo Guerrero struck Peru's third in added time.

The top four teams of South American qualifying will reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia automatically. The side that finishes fifth enters a play-off against a team from the Oceania Football Confederation. 


 

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